Error 0x80040116

How to resolve error 0x80040116?

Is there any solution to get rid of Outlook error code 0x80040116?

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Microsoft Outlook is used very oftenly by many users to manage contacts, emails, appointments, notes, journals etc. in a better manner. Since this application is used a lot, it is likely that sooner or later user will experience problems related to the application and the PST file, where all the data’s of Outlook are stored. Among the several issues and error messages of Outlook, error code 0x80040116 is very common and frustrating error message that is caused when an attempt is made to start MS Outlook or open PST file. The user may notice similar kind of error message while opening PST file or starting MS Outlook –

"Outlook.pst can not be accessed - 0x80040116"

"Sending and receiving reported error (0x80040116): unknown error 0x80040116"

"Outlook.pst can not be accessed - 0x80040116(where "Outlook.pst" is your .pst file name)"

This error message is generally caused due to the damage or corruption of PST index file which directs the Outlook to handle the requests of the users by telling it ‘what is kept where’. Since the entire index file is damaged that’s the reason why MS Outlook is unable to instantiate itself and the PST File. The 2 GB PST size limit may cause this error, but the chances are very minimal in that case. Error 0x80040116 can occur regardless of any Outlook version like it may occur in Outlook 2002, Outlook 2003, Outlook 2007 and also in Outlook 2010. So, this issue can not be ignored because it may cause permanent data loss.

In order to rectify Outlook error code 0x80040116 properly first try to use the inbuilt tools like Scanpst.exe or Inbox Repair Tool which will validate and correct the problems related to the PST and OST file. If the problem persists and Outlook application and PST file is still not opening then use third party PST Repair software which scans the entire PST file and repairs the bugs effectively using its sophisticated algorithm and mechanism. Once the repairing process is done the MS Outlook and PST can easily be accessed and used.


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